Michigan Governor Proposes Tuition-Free Community College

March 7, 2019

In her first state budget, released Tuesday, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer proposed a tuition-free community college plan that would cost up to $100 million a year, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The plan would be designed as a "last-dollar program" and would start in 2021 and include a $2,500 scholarship for eligible students who attend a four-year college. A last-dollar plan means it would cover financial aid for students after all other federal aid and grants were applied to a student's tuition bill.

Whitmer also proposed a tuition-free program for adults called Michigan Reconnect. The program would cost about $110 million and would allow residents age 25 and older to enroll in the state's two-year institutions, career certificate programs and union apprenticeships for free.

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